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Album cover parody of The Block [Deluxe Edition] by New Kids on the Block
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Band Name Origins:

  • Just a note: The band's original name NYNUK was chosen by the band's manager (Maurice Starr) as a play on the title of a 1922 faux documentary called "Nanook of the North". Submitted by: memoria
  • Manager Maurice Starr originally gave the group the name Nynuk. Nynuk was an exclamation from the Three Stooges and the name of the dog in the movie The Lost Boys, but not even the former members know where Starr came up with this name. When the group signed to Columbia Records, executives insisted that the group get a new name, for obvious reasons. “New Kids On The Block,” an introductory rap co-written by Donnie Wahlberg and Maurice Starr, was one of the first songs recorded. This was suggested and used as the new name although Starr didn’t think it was catchy enough. The five word phrase was later shortened to NKOTB. Submitted by: Suzanne

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: NKOTB. Submitted by: Boy

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"We're the New Kids On the Block"Need I say more? - Julie

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Jordan Knight""He's doing so much better as a solo artist than he would have had stayed in the group with his brother and three other guys. Jordan and Donnie had equal billing within the group but I always thought that Jordan didn't really have a chance to show what he could do." - Celeste

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
New Squids On The BlockAs parodied in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.Scott
Middle Aged Men On The BlockThey're not kids anymore Celeste
New Chips Off The Old BlockIf they have any kids who eventually form a bandRandom Madeupperson
New Blocks on the KidsSounds like a construction accident waiting to happen.Specter

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"This One's For The Chicken""This One's For The Children"Trevor Overt
"Broken Step""Step By Step"Frosty The Cat

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Hang Tough," Tesla"Hangin' Tough," New Kids On The Block
"Watching TV," Roger Waters"Step By Step," New Kids On The Block
"Let's Give This Love A Try," John Hiatt"Let's Try It Again," New Kids On The Block
"We Are Pillows," The Ides Of March"Are You Down?," New Kids On The Block
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"I Remember Hen" originally "I Remember When"
Doug Wells

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Hangin' Trough" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Marion Shelby
"Changin' Tough" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Marion Shelby
"(You Got Lit) The Right Stuff" originally "(You Got It) The Right Stuff"
"(You Got It) The Bright Stuff" originally "(You Got It) The Right Stuff"
"Let's Try Wit Again" originally "Let's Try It Again"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Let's Dry It Again" originally "Let's Try It Again"
Candy Welty
"Let's Pry It Again" originally "Let's Try It Again"
Candy Welty
"Let's Fry It Again" originally "Let's Try It Again"
Candy Welty
"You Got It (The Light Stuff)" originally "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
As opposed to the heavy stuff
"Didn't I Blog Your Mind" originally "Didn't I Blow Your Mind"
It would make sense now.
Doug Wells

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Hangin' Tough""Bad at "Tough""the_conqueror_of_parodies
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)""Please Stop It (The Bright Stuff)"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Boys in the Band (Boy Band Anthem)""These Boys I'm a Fan"CG Kreations
"I'll Be Loving You Forever""I'll Be President Forever"EWOP
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)""The Jets Suck"The David Snyder Orchestra
"Dirty Dancing""Bert And Ernie Dancing"Kevin Wrightly
"Step By Step""On Your Feet"Erik "Taz" Mokracek
"Cover Girl""2008 O'Reilly Challenge Recap Song (NNS)"Jay Jianoran
"Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time""Didn't I Blow the Save This Time"Becky Donoghue-Rick
"The Right Stuff""Game Show Tapes"Erik 'Taz' Mokracek

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Hangin' ToughSecurity Guard ServiceKerry

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Hangin' ToughUnited States Peace CorpsKerry
Hangin' ToughBullying HelplineMarv
(You Got It) The Right StuffGame Show NetworkArcade Junkie

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Let's Have A Party
   Wanda Jackson
   New Kids On The Block
Let's Have A Party Tonight
Lovely To See You
   The Moody Blues
   New Kids On The Block
Lovely To See You Tonight
You Got It All
   The Jets
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
   New Kids On The Block
You Got It All (The Right Stuff)
or: You Got All The Right Stuff
Things That Make You Go Hmmm
   C & C Music Factory
If You Go Away
   New Kids on the Block
Things That Make You Go Away
Jacynthia Maries
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

The New Milk Carton Kids On The Block
The Milk Carton Kids combined with New Kids On The Block
Submitted By: Gretchen Wieners
Trisha & The New Year Kids On The Wood Block
Trisha Yearwood combined with New Kids On The Block
Submitted By: Dawn
Rock Kills New Kids On The Block
Rock Kills Kid combined with New Kids On The Block
Wouldn't that be a headline?
Submitted By: Rip Jeans
New Christy Minstrels On The Block
New Christy Minstrels combined with New Kids On The Block
Submitted By: JD

There are additional New Kids On The Block Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'll be hugging you forever
Original Lyrics:
I'll be loving you forever
"Please Don’t Go Girl"
Misheard Lyrics:
Never ever go to waste
Original Lyrics:
Never ever go away
Misheard Lyrics:
Senior girls with the curls in their hair
Original Lyrics:
See the girls with the curls in their hair
"Please Don’t Go Girl"
Misheard Lyrics:
Please don’t go here
Original Lyrics:
Please don’t go girl
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Hangin' Tough"
Misheard Lyrics:
Stinkin' tough
Original Lyrics:
Hangin' tough

Story about this misheard lyric by: Chris

One of the instruments they use in this song makes sort of an "S" sound and it is used everytime they sing "Hangin' Tough" and it overpowers the "H".

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Step by Step"
Better Lyrics:
Bit by bit, ooh, Robby
Gonna get to you, boy
Original Lyrics:
Step by step, ooh, baby
Gonna get to you, girl
Submitted by: Mickey D.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Step by Step (remix)"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Step step step step step
Why They're Repetitive:
They literally resample 'step' 88 friggin times, 4 times a bar for 22 bars at the beginning of the song.
Submitted by: Whizdom
"You've Got It (The Right Stuff)"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
oh, oh, oh, oh,
oh, oh, oh, oh
the right stuff.
Why They're Repetitive:
Get it out, get it out, get it out.
Submitted by: Celeste

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

The Nonsensical Lyrics:
We met a lot of people... and girls.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Are they suggesting that girls aren't people? Or do they mean "especially girls"? If so, that's what they should've said in this line. (Of course, it would require more syllables, but I'm sure they could've rewritten the song to accommodate those syllables.)
Submitted by: Celeste
"The Right Stuff (You Got it)"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I can see it when you walk,
Tell it when you talk,
I can see it in everything you do, even in your thoughts
Why They're Nonsensical:
You mean you can read the person's mind?! I don't know that it's at all possible to see anything in one's thoughts, let alone know one's thoughts! Unless you're a psychic...which I doubt the narrator is.
Submitted by: Elmar Diaz
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"I Wanna Be Loved By You "
The Insincere Lyrics:
Joe: 'I might be young but I'm not too young to let you know how I feel
I'm Joe and I'm a Capricorn
If you can relate to me then check this out
I wanna be loved; loved by you baby
Why They're Insincere:
That has got the be the most insincere lyric I've ever heard in my life.
Submitted by: Celeste

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Dirty Dawg"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Chuck Wagon for the dawg in you
Ken-L-Ration and the Alpo too
Why They're Insulting:
I don't think anybody male/female wants to have lyrics like this thrown at them.
Submitted by: Celeste

Dated Song Lyrics:

"Dirty Dawg"
The Dated Lyrics:
Chuck Wagon for the dawg in you
Ken-L-Ration and the Alpo too
Why They're Dated:
Two dog food brands that don't even exist anymore. (Alpo is still being made.)
Submitted by: Celeste
"New Kids On The Block"
The Dated Lyrics:
We're the New Kids On The Block
and we're here to stay.
Why They're Dated:
Uh no you're not. You're just now starting a reunion tour as five middle aged men; three of whom are married and have kids of their own.
Submitted by: Celeste

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Summer Time"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Summer ended
winter started
it got colder
when we parted ways
(I like this part)
as the seasons changed
(bring it forward bring it back)
Why They're Dirty:
It just seems like it's dirty. I just envision two people writhing against each other. L.O.L!
Submitted by: Celeste
"You've Got It (The Right Stuff)"
The Dirty Lyrics:
The first time was a great time
Second time was a blast
The third time I fell in love
Now I hope it lasts
Why They're Dirty:
I'm not too sure what this lyric is about but I'm guessing that it's about a sexual encounter of some kind.
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Dirty Dancing"
The Lyrics:
Oooh she said baby I'm like Swayze.
Who They Mention:
Patrick Swayze.
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Dirty Dawg"
The Lyrics:
Chuck Wagon for the dawg in you
Ken-L-Ration and the Alpo too
Product Brand Name:
Chuck Wagon, Ken-L-Ration, and Alpo - all three of these were dog food brands in 1972.
Submitted by: Bob

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

The Song Lyrics:
Remember when we said girl please don't go
And how I'll Be Loving You Forever
Taught you about Hangin' Tough
As long as You've Got The Right Stuff
didn't we girl? Oooh! Didn't we girl? Ah Ah!
Song They Mention:
Please Don't Go Girl, I'll Be Loving You Forever, Hangin' Tough, and You've Got It (The Right Stuff)...all of which are songs by the same group.
Submitted by: Celeste

Boasting in Song Lyrics:

The Boasting Lyrics:
Somebody said somebody wouldn't last too long
Somebody keeps going strong
Somebody said everybody was all up front
Somebody's still talking junk
They made it. Even though the critics said they wouldn't be the success that they are these days.
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Title Space Change:

"Hang In Tough" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics:

"Officially Over"
The Lyrics:
It's officially over, it's officially over
There ain't nothing you can say that can fix your wrong
Simply said, if there "ain't nothing" there is something, isn't there? (So glad to vent this somewhere, btw) :)
Submitted by: Shannon
"Summer Time"
The Lyrics:
You wasn't lookin for a man
when you saw me in the sand
and Cause we was feeling young love
These are just more examples of bad grammar in pop music.
The first lyric obviously should be "You weren't looking for a man when you saw me in the sand but you fell for the boy from the city."
The Second lyric should be "Cause we were feeling young love."
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics available.

Band Name Anagrams:

News Kid On The Block Submitted by: Chrisette Forzi
New Disk On The Block Submitted by: Chrisette Forzi
New Skid On The Block Submitted by: Chrisette Forzi
Now Then Dick's Bloke Submitted by: Tattoo Head & The Crack Whore

Song Title Anagrams:

"Hug Tina Hong" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Hunting A Hog" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Hanging Thou" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Submitted by: O.J. Chamberlain

Songs That Are Banned:

"Dirty Dawgs"
Under the moniker N.K.O.T.B. this video was banned by Much Music because the video review committee reviewed this video and decided that it was sexist.
Submitted by: Celeste

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Tang In Huff" originally "Hangin' Tough"
Just get on the floor and do the Dew Kids, Nance!
Submitted by: Benski Korhonen
"Didn't I Mow Your Blind" originally "Didn't I Blow Your Mind"
The grass had gotten too high in your duck blind.
Submitted by: Doug Wells

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"I Remember When"
The Lyrics:
I keep remembering when
we started together as friends
I keep remembering when
we were together, together, forever
This song seems to be about romance but at the same time the music is pretty depressing.
Submitted by: Celeste

Band Name Spoonerisms:

New Bids On The Clock originally "New Kids On The Block"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Changing Their Image"
In 1994, several months before they broke up, New Kids On The Block were under new management and their manager suggested that they change their image from sweet and clean cut kids to 5 remarkably sexist and male chauvenistic men. The image change didn't hide the fact tha t the guys album Face The Music tanked and they broke up soon afterwards.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Screaming Female Fans"
New Kids On The Block, and other bands such as Take That, and Backstreet Boys are notorious for attracting hordes of screaming female fans to their live shows.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Milli Vanilli Syndrome"
After Milli Vanilli were exposed as frauds in 1990 tabloids began to dig around to find out who else had fallen prey to Milli Vanilli Syndrome. All lipsyncing accusations fell into the laps of the New Kids after a disgruntled ex-employee accused the group of lip syncing at their concerts. Proctor appeared on the Arsenio Hall show to tell his side of the story. That then manager Maurice Starr was some sort of a musical wizzard and he could imulate any of the New Kids's voices. The New Kids appeared on the Arsenio Hall show a week afterwards to refute the accusations that they lip synced at their concerts by performing live.
Submitted by: Celeste

Music With a Warning Label:

"Step By Step"
Donnie Wahlberg wrote in his thank yous "To the dude who wrote New Kids got run over by a reigndeer: watch out for a black Jeep Cherokee with no breaks. Peace chump!"
Submitted by: Celeste

Missing Parts:

What happened to the other three months?
Submitted by: Celeste

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"2 In The Morning"
The Lyrics:
I want to know if you're mad at me
before Grey's Anatomy
Cause we could drag this out all night
Grey's Anatomy
Submitted by: Celeste

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Hangin' Tough"
The Lyrics:
Everybody's always talkin' 'bout who's on top
Don't cross our path 'cause you're gonna get stomped
We ain't gonna give anybody any slack
And if you try to keep us down we're gonna come right back
And you know we're hangin' tough
Hangin' tough, hangin' tough,
Are you tough enough?
Hangin' tough, Hangin' tough, hangin' tough,
We're rough
I'd hate to be a person with little-to-no street cred and have this ringtone go off. Someone might think that you're a complete and total loser who has to boast about how you're "able" to defend yourself in a fight.
Submitted by: Kerry

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